sweet almond verbena

cynthianovakSeptember 16, 2011

Have any of you made cuttings of this plant? I never found a single on in the local nurseries. Thought I'd try to make some. It's not like any verbena I've ever seen.

Any suggestions? It's very woody and one tall branch stands a good 6 ft tall.

Hope someone has done this.

thank you

c

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bossjim1

Sweet Almond verbena,(Aloysia virgata) isn't really verbena, but it is easy to start from cuttings. I have 4 rooted right now, to take to a plant swap early next month. Good luck.
Jim

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 11:02PM
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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

The book How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest describes propagation of the Aloysia species by cuttings on page 102. It should also apply to Sweet Almond Verbena (A. virgata).

I'm hoping to acquire an A. macrostachya plant in the future. These seem like underused shrubs to me.

Ty

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 11:07PM
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cynthianovak

thank you
I'm excited to try. I found this link. I thought I'd try in a plastic windowbox planter. It keeps moisture on the bottom. I'll get some rootin hormone too.

I was given mine by my brother in a small pot. It made it through the hard freeze and came back. It's in part sun and took until now to come into a full flower. It would droop in thos 100+ days but took it without a burnt leaf.

maybe some growers will catch on.

.....it's raining and I'm giddy
c

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 11:16PM
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bossjim1

I see it offered in nurseries down here, quite often.
Jim

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 11:33PM
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novascapes

I started mine in a mix of sharp sand and peat. Dipped it in rooting hormone first. I use a storage container for a cutting box. Like was said it roots easy. Once rooted I put it into the flower bed in a lightly shaded area. It seemed to have rooted into the soil very fast getting established. During our extreme heat, wind, and drought it flourished and is already blooming at about a foot tall.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 7:03AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Ty, since you mentioned it I wanted to say I love the A. macrostachya. I got it at the San Antonio Botanical Garden sale several years back. They had it at the last sale I attended so I bought another one. I'm thinking they may have it at their plant sale today.

It's kind of a tall gangly bush so looks best planted at the back of a border, but it's been evergreen in my yard through the harshest winters and is always in bloom.

And of course I absolutely adore Sweet almond verbena. I have three plants. I've never tried to root it but glad to hear it roots easily. I'll try to root it and the Wooly bee bush, Aloysia macrostachya pictured above for the spring swap.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aloysia macrostachya ...

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:41AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Roselee, I want a start of your wooly bugger plant. LOL!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 5:17PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Will do Kathy :-)

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:37PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

The person that recommended sweet almond verbena to me called it a bush. I thought a bush, well mine is as high as the gutters. It froze to the ground this past winter, but is, again, that high.
Don't plant it where you want a small "bush".
I should have researched it better.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:08AM
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zippity1

my sweet almond verbena is at least 12 foot tall and at least 8 foot across
more like a small tree

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 4:35PM
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